A theme has a few different definitions. As defined in your text, “a theme can be, broadly, a topic explored in a literary work (e.g., ‘the value of all life’), or, more narrowly, the insight about a topic communicated in a work (e.g., ‘All living things are equally precious’). Most literary works have multiple themes, though some people reserve the term theme for the central or main insight and refer to others as subthemes.” Many works have a few themes, some major, and some minor. Think of it as a sort of message.
Each Reading Response forum is worth 10 points. See the grading rubric attached to the discussion topic.
1. View the following texts and their notes. Note that works of the imagination often include many themes, and some may be more prevalent than others. There are also many ways to indicate how the theme is embodied in the work. Think of these as guidelines, and don’t limit yourself to these interpretations.
“The Road Not Taken” with notes Excerpt from “The Story of an Hour” with notes 2. Read the works for this exercise assigned by your instructor on the Reading to Find a Theme: Assigned Reading checklist.
Reading to Find a Theme: Assigned Reading checklist 3. Then go to Reading to Find a Theme discussion topic and respond to the following discussion questions about the works and their themes.
Discussion Questions: What do you find the theme to be? What is the larger idea or message from the story/stories? Use references from the text to explain and support and your point. Reading to Find a Theme Discussion topic